Our family and friends adore Maitland Mountain Farm pickles and condiments. If you’ve ever sampled any one of their scrumptious veggie products, you know that their pickling recipes are simply beyond compare. We purchase a bunch several times a month from Common Crow. Please read the following note from Andy and send emails to the city officials listed below. A sample email is provided. I just did it and it took all of five minutes. In the subject line I wrote, ‘We Love Maitland Mountain Farms.’ Better yet, go to the meeting tonight if you can and show your support. Thank you!

Dear Farm Friends:

We write today to ask for your help. In fact, we need your help. Many of you know us because you’ve met us at local Farmers’ Markets. Others may have seen our products (like Holly’s Spicy Pickles) in stores or on restaurant menus. But today, the future of our farm, Salem’s only commercial agricultural operation, is in peril. The City has thrown up a roadblock to our continued operation. Without so much as visiting us, the building department has decided that our primary use is NOT agriculture. The state says that as long as we earn $1000 per acre, we meet the requirement. We earn more than that. But some of our municipal officials don’t want to budge on their determination. We don’t know what this means for our future.

There is a public meeting Wednesday January 17 at 6:30pm and we need you to come and show your support. If you can’t make it, PLEASE email the Beth Rennard, Thomas St. Pierre, the City Clerk, and the Mayor to tell them that you value having farmers in your community. Emails are below. Please ask them to work with us rather than against us. We love farming and we love Salem. We want to continue doing what we love in the city that we love. The primary use of our farm IS agricultural. Most farmers live on farms; we are no exception. That’s what we need the city to understand. Thank you for your support.


Meeting: Wednesday January 17 at 6:30pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 93 Washington Street.

Sample email (feel free to adapt)

To Whom It May Concern:

The City of Salem is wonderfully diverse in many ways. One aspect of that diversity is the use of land for agriculture. Not many cities, or suburbs for that matter, can claim to be home to a working farm. Salem can make that claim because of Maitland Mountain Farm. I place a very high value on living in a city that knows the immense importance of agriculture not only as a tool for teaching our children about where their food comes from but also for actually producing the food that we eat. I enjoy seeing Maitland Mountain Farms at our Farmer’s Market and seeing their products on Salem’s restaurants’ menus. They are an integral part of what makes this city unique. Please reconsider your position that the primary use of their farmland is anything other than agriculture. Thank you.


Creative Salem
North Shore Wine and Dine Page
Salem Main Streets
Salem Food Tours
Salem Food Digest
The Salem News
The North Shore Sea Lion
Salem Farmers’ Market
Salem No Place for Hate Committee
Kim Driscoll



Esther Mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-256 (1)Perhaps you are planning a wedding or special event in the coming months. Our daughter Liv Hauck and Matt O’Rourke, married on June 20th, wanted to share about the talented people who helped make their dream wedding come true. From caterers Dan Allen and Andy Maitland to Esther Mathieu Photography, everyone involved did an outstanding job. We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks to all and thought the best way to say a big thank you to each was to provide contact information and a brief description about their businesses.

Olivia & Matt 6-20-15

Invitation by Shaina Gregory

First and foremost, our tremendous thanks and appreciation goes to Dan Allen Catering. He, along with partner Andy Maitland (Maitland Mountain Farm), prepared an exquisite menu using the most freshest and sweetest ingredients from local farms and fisheries. The theme was New England clambake meets county dinner, based around everyone’s favorite main courses—Ken Duckworth’s sublime recipe for lobster risotto and a wonderfully delicious buttermilk fried chicken. Captain Joe and Sons provided the lobster and the fresh vegetables came from Maitland Mountain Farm, as well as from Appleton Farms. Even the honey butter for the cornbread came from Dan’s own beehives! We were all raving about how delicious and unique were the hors d’oeuvres, which included such tantalizing tidbits as open-faced braised rib sliders, smoked tomato roasted corn arancini, and salmon canapés with mascarpone, capers, and fresh dill. Accompaniment dishes were devoured as equally as were the main courses and hors d’oeuvres—traditional clam chowder, farm fresh succotash, and homemade pickled vegetable—to name only a few.

Esther Mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-437

Son Alex’s Heaping Helping


Dan’s assistant Mary made the divinely delicious desserts—raspberry tarts, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, brownie layers—the list goes on and on!

Dan and Andy were an absolute dream to work with. I know you will be hearing more about their catered events in the near future. Dan is in the process of launching his website and in the meantime, he may be reached at 978-491-9493 or dangallen@yahoo.com.

Esther Mathieu is simply the most talented life style photographer in our region. Liv first became interested in Esther’s work from her Instagram account and we all fell in love with her luminous imagery. And she is a total sweetheart to work with! The photos are a treasure and we’ll be pouring over all, thanking Esther for capturing Liv and Matt’s wedding day with such grace and beauty. Contact Esther at: info@esthermathieu.com.

Our deepest thanks to Lisa Smith who was our fabulous videographer. Lisa is a producer at Cape Ann TV and is also a dear friend. We so appreciate her time and talent. Lisa was discreet; you would hardly know that she was present. We’ll be looking at the footage in the coming days and can hardly wait to see. Lisa can be reached at: lsmith@capeanntv.org. 

Like a dream, the enchanting music floating throughout the evening was by none other than Cape Ann’s own beautiful songstress Renee Dupuis and the fabulously talented Joe Cardoza and Nathan Cohen. From the sweetly romantic, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” to which the bride and groom danced their first dance, to one of the bridesmaid’s favorites, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin,” there isn’t a song Renee, Joe, and Nathan could not play, and play beautifully. Could we have been more fortunate than to have these extraordinary talents performing at Liv and Matt’s wedding? Click Renee, Joe, and Nathan to learn more about their current projects. To book the trio, contact Renee at: reneedupuismusic.gmail.com

Esther mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-302

Melissa Glorieux of Aster B. Flowers created the exquisite bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and table arrangements. Not only were the flowers full and lush and perfect, they are all locally grown at her farm in Essex! Aster. B grows her flowers using organic practices only. Read more about Melissa and her sustainable farm here: Aster B. Flowers. 

livmatt_06-20-2015-261The very talented Maria Cracchiolo from Caffe Sicilia made the seashore inspired wedding cake as well as the perfectly coordinating 65th anniversary cake for Liv’s grandparents. Delicious and delightful (both cakes), Maria is a pleasure to work with. She also made the cannolis we served at Friday night’s celebration and they too, were devoured by all! Maria can be reached at: 978-283-7345.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-466EM livmatt_06-20-2015-301Emily Reed did a stunning job styling the bride and bridesmaid’s hairdos. Each girl’s hair was perfectly suited to her personality and each was so happy with her work. It was a delight to see their expressions after she had created her magic. Emily can be reached at: ejwatt@gmail.com.

Liv Matt ©Kim Smith 2015

Special thanks to Virgilio’s Italian Bakery for catering the party the night before the wedding—the sandwiches, antipasto, and entrees were a tremendous hit. And Nancy Virgilio helped us order just the right amount so that there would be sandwiches enough for late night snacking! Call 978-283-5295 for information abut Virgilio’s catering menu

EM livmatt_06-20-2015-453

Kathleen Erickson, owner of Savour Wine and Cheese, was instrumental in choosing the wines and Prosecco. We informed her of the menu and of our budget for both the reception and Friday night’s celebration and she knew just what to recommend. Thank you Kathleen for the wonderful selections; they were simply perfect.EM livmatt_06-20-2015-442

Fun and imaginative, the invitation set the tone of the wedding weekend from the get go. Liv and Matt designed the invite and worked with Shaina to refine the look. Contact Shaina at: sbethg@gmail.com.

Gloucester Rental Center did an excellent job and we found nearly all of our event needs there: Gloucester Rental Center.

Esther Mathieu livmatt_06-20-2015-413

Last, but not in the least, we wish to thank Stan Wohlfarth of Stan’s Classic Service for the vintage VW limo service. Everyone loved that bus! Stan may be reached at: stan_wohlfarth@msn.com.

EM livmatt_06-20-2015-227


Olivia & Matt 6-20-15b

Shaina Gregory Invitation

*With the exception of invitation scans and the group photo of the wedding party.

Photos of the guests and wedding party to come after Liv and Matt return from Thailand.